Calgary (Rural Roots Canada) –  In the wake of the Flood and fires in B.C. last year, the theme of this year’s Livestock Care Conference is about being properly prepared in case an emergency happens.

Annemarie Pedersen is the Executive Director of Alberta Farm Animal Care.

She says this year’s event is titled PREP for Livestock Emergency.

“The PREP stands for Prepare, Respond, Evaluate, and Progress and the three days are laid out in that chain of events,” Pedersen says.

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“The big picture on Tuesday will be planning and then (Wednesday) March 16 understanding planning, and then Thursday, March 17 will be respond and evaluate.”

Pedersen says speakers will be tackling these topics from several different angles.

“We have speakers coming from all over the place, government, from different provinces, producers from different provinces, as well as perspectives from emergency response teams.”

Pedersen adds they also have Dr. Rebecca Gimenez – Husted, who is very popular and has participated in the conference as a speaker before.

“She is going to be doing the keynote and setting the stage for the importance of emergency planning when it comes to livestock welfare.”

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Pedersen says they are striving to make this virtual conference unique as they know people are pretty Zoomed out.

“We are going to be using the Zoom platform, but we are changing a lot of what we are doing. We have a new conference portal that is very attractive and engaging, and we are using a new program for the student program.”

The conference will also use some interactive technologies to help with the workshops.

For more information and to register, click here.